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Dane

Dane

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Older than the Internet and still climbing. Pity the poor folk that don't get a day out!

For more detailed reviews on alpine climbing and ski gear take a look at my blog.

http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/

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Dane wrote a review of on January 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 197 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Unusual review for me. I was looking for the warmest jacket I could find with literally some of the best cold weather climbing jackets hanging in my gear room now. That included both the Arcteryx Kappa and a Fission SL. The list got one more this winter with the Fission SV. I ordered up new versions of each from BC. Tried them all on and kept the SV. The others went back...nothing new theere from what I already had. A life style new to me, but for the last 6 months I've been getting up just prior to dawn, rain, shine or snow to feed livestock for the last 6 months. One of the coldest winters on record here. The Kappa, a trusted friend for winter climbing in the Alps and Canada wasn't warm enough. The Fission SL, the "go to" hard core winter climbing coat, wasn't up to the task when the wind started blowing @ -25F. Mind you both Arcteryx jackets really good cold weather pieces! But this is an honest comparison made by wearing all three day after day of multiple sub zero weeks this winter. The SV is slightly longer, sheds wind much better than the other two and because of both the length and wind resistance, it is noticeably warmer. The double chest pockets are handier if required. I now know why you see this jacket on a lot of full time ski instructors in the Rocky Mtn States. Not seen a warmer jacket that can take a real beating (day in and day out on the ski hill or in the barn) and still do the job just as well at the end of the Season as the beginning. If you really need a cold weather jacket the SV is worth the extra price compared to the Kappa for warmth IMO. Although feature to feature the Kappa is a better buy if it is warm enough for you. The Fission SL is a great climbing jacket for warmth and weight. But I find it hard to justify the price when compared to the other two. For a climbing parka and really cold dry occasions (think of missing the Tram mid winter on the Midi) my impression is you can do better for warmth and weight (short of snow cave living) by going to one of the better down jackets intended for the same use. Still not a big fan of the SV's style but it is now the only COLD WEATHER jacket I have hanging in our mud room getting daily use. And it is THE jacket I grab when I want to be warm and protected from the weather/elements on foot, on a horse or on a 4x4. Given the choices I have available that is saying a lot. It is still not the jacket I would take climbing. It is too heavy and not cut for climbing. Kappa and SL are light and cut to climb in. But the Fission SV is the one jacket I wish I had when I really need a warm jacket. Simply because it is the warmest most weather resistant synthetic I own.

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Dane wrote a review of on January 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Nanga Parbat is one of the best ski mo ski Dynafit has yet produced. Better than the Broad Peak, better than the 7 Summit. I love what this ski is capable of. The weight? Almost unnoticed.

bigger review here but that is the short version
http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2014/01/dynafit-nanga-parbat-ski-review.html

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Dane wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here is a starter for some numbers and a comparison:
All are one skis weight with a Dynafit Low Tech Race, with steel springs (not Ti, +10g) mounted

167 x 74mm Broad Peak 1320g
171 x 80mm Nanga Parbat 1170g
182 x 89mm Cho Oyu 1340g
182 x 106mm Grand Teton 1800g

As a reference...460g is a full 16oz. between 182 GT and Cho. So if you like to tour and can deal with a rockered 5 point 89mm ski to replace a 106mm basic trad built ski these days, that is a savings of 2# off your feet.

I've written a couple of things previous on the Cho here:
http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2013/12/it-is-back-in-my-quiver-dynafit-cho-oyu.html

But after skiing the Cho today on lifts at Crystal Mtn WA I had to comment again. Boot top 2 day old softies, to glare ice down low on the mtn. These things ski like a decent down hill ski at 89 under foot all with a TLT P and green soft tongue. Solid performance..really solid! Impressive ski and so darn light they are nothing to carry or ski with. This is be a huge hit eventually for Dynafit once word really gets out just how good they really are. Good enough edge to ski the icecoast and light enough to haul up Rainier for a day shot or a 3 week trip to Denali. Solid enough to rip any chair lift line. Impressive little ski. FWIW I am 190#, 6'1" and skiing a 182 every where. There is some real tip rocker so they do ski a bit short. Everyday ski...190 would be fun. Touring mid winter 182 should be dialed...gully summer/volcano ski...174 is going to be a feather and will rock your world.

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Dane wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I should have done this last year. This is one of my all time favorite skis. Carves, surfs, slays ice and hard pack. Turns on a dime with no effort. Pow, chop, crud, rails. boot pack or skins. This ski simply rocks my snow world. Liked it so much I bought both a 177 and a 196. 177s are play toys. 196? Warp speed sleds. Dare to ride them that long. Tech bindings on both. Could be my one quiver ski for the NW. It isn't but it could so easily be the ONE for me. Could not be happier with a ski. Which is hard compliment to come by!

Never seen another pair on the hill. Too bad as they just have no clue what they are missing! Ugly graphic but it eventually grows on you. Some of my best runs ever last winter were on this ski. Grateful!!

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Dane wrote a review of on November 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for an easy walking and extremely powerful ski boot look no further. This is a serious game changer boot for AT/back country. And I have used most of the new boots. 110+ on the flex for sure. May be 120. Nasty low instep that has to be fixed to make them fit but it is an easy 5min fix. Buckles take more than 5 minutes to figure out but once done...sweet. Bets buckle system I have used to date..bar none. You'll want to try this one on and give it a chance. Price is simply unbelievable for what you are getting...REALLY unbelievable! No, I am serious..$600 for this boot is unbelievable :) Only the TLT Series will beat it for weight. Nothing beats is for a pretty colored boot or pure ski performance short of a plug down hill boot :) I want a pair of blue 28s! That is really saying something. It is early with this boot but I plan on putting mine through the wringer and then some...as does my lovely partner in white (high collared and hooded ) crime!

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Dane wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is a heavy approach shoie. Stiff sole, sticky rubber and lots of foot protection. Built bull tough and will last you a long time. They do shrink up once soaking wet so make sure you get them big enough. I like them. Used them on a couple of long moderate alpine traverses.

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Dane wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is a excellent trail and approach shoe. Sticky soles and easy to climb in. Laces to the toes and extra support to make the lacing work. I like the low profile sole, mid sole o nthes e for 4th class alpine stff.

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Dane wrote a review of on November 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

but tougher than an old nail. This one is not fragile. And it offers a huge amount of head protection. Stand on it, stuff it in the pack and sit on it. No worries. Liekly the technology everyone will eventually be using, If you cna deal with the bright orange color the Sirocco will serve you well and help keep your head in one piece hopefully.

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Dane wrote a review of on November 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

which every one has tried with different degrees of success to immulate. Petzl has since added a full on foam helmet but hte Meteor is still a top tier helmet by any measure. The Camp is a good comparison. Meteor fits my 7.5 head well and it is light. Down side? It is fragile getting ot and back fro mthe crag/mtn/ice. You need to take care of them to keep the helmet in tact. Worth the effort imo to get the level of protection offered. 4 out of 5 only because of the lack of durability.

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